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4.0 out of 5 stars A turning point
Celtic Frost is Hellhammer mark 2, considering that this was a band that set out with the simple intention of being more "extreme" than Venom the result was to more than limit the music. So Hellhammer was disbanded and Celtic Frost, formed by the same members, with Tom G. Warrior at the helm, rose to replace it. The idea was to create the same primitive thrashy punk style...
Published on 1 Nov 2007 by Charles Shelley

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3.0 out of 5 stars Celtic Frost's influential first album
Celtic Frost to me are a very IMPRESSIONISTIC band, in that the lyrics and music are used to convey vague impressions of reality rather than something more solid. The lyrics are often aloof and dream-like, sounding like they were written in a stream-of-conciousness style. The overall feeling on this first album is very dark, crushing and almost god like. The guitar...
Published on 13 May 2001 by Umair Chaudhry


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4.0 out of 5 stars A turning point, 1 Nov 2007
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Charles Shelley (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Morbid Tales (Audio CD)
Celtic Frost is Hellhammer mark 2, considering that this was a band that set out with the simple intention of being more "extreme" than Venom the result was to more than limit the music. So Hellhammer was disbanded and Celtic Frost, formed by the same members, with Tom G. Warrior at the helm, rose to replace it. The idea was to create the same primitive thrashy punk style of metal, but to expand this style into a darker more sophisticated vision. After listening to "Morbid Tales" one can easily tell that they succeeded with merit. There is the same punk influenced metal on full display, but the songs are longer, giving them a chance to develop into more complex structures, lyrics are more mature, explore dark themes and emotions and the production is much clearer than the primitive Hellhammer. Celtic Frost have since been immortalized as one of the founding fathers of black metal, with there influence clear on the likes of Darkthrone and Immortal. Something of an anomaly in their homeland of Switzerland, with this release Celtic Frost had successfully shaken off the quest for pure brutality and been given the chance to explore more sophisticated themes as a result.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is where it all started ... the Sabbath of the eighties, 14 Jan 2006
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I was moved to write my first review by a conviction that this CD is worth more than the 3/5 it was currently rating ...
So, Celtic Frost are far from perfect, that's a fact. And I'll willingly confess to the fact that good friends have laughed at me (for hours) for owning their records ... not to mention the "acquired taste" that is the Hellhammer EP.
However ... for those of a certain musical prediliction, this is very good, original, influential stuff. Celtic Frost showed that you could write catchy songs without a whiff of melody, crunchingly heavy songs that you could tap along to without the aid of a pneumatic drill, and get away with grunts, opera singers and the most unmusical guitar solos known to man.
The majesty of To Mega Therion and the originality of Into the Pandemonium couldn't have come from a band who hadn't released stuff like this, and if you listen you can hear the roots here ... not to mention the fact that this album rocks more than the subsequent ones do. And forget about Cold Lake and Vanity / Nemesis, they're irrelevant to the fact that the early Frost were seminal, and Xavier Russell in Kerrang! was right all those years ago when he called the Frosties the "Sabbath of the Eighties". I mean, after all, no other band since has stuck quite so rigidly to the rule that all riffs MUST be played exactly four times.
This is just so good I'm going to have to go listen to it again right now ... if you see my neighbours, apologise for the noise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars live, 4 Feb 2006
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I saw frost live on their 'One in their Pride' tour at the City Hall in Newcastle. It has to be said - at the time - they weren't the greatest live act ever to grace a stage... but they certainly had a unique charm...
Thats not where the genius of celtic frost lies tho - they have that unquantifiable 'something' that makes them different. unique... And its beyond my wit to explain why.. Personally, I love Mega Therion, Pandemonium... and Appollyon Sun (we wont go into Cold Lake territory...) - and Morbid Tales is where it all began... (Hellhammer excepted of course - but you should buy apocalyptic raids too - at least everything to Pandemonium) Excited about the new album tho - if you've read this far - just buy and enjoy! (i'm biaised mind you, as this is my youth - but don't let that put you off - it is superb! ;-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great EP, 6 Dec 2012
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Celtic Frost is a great band and very important to the metal scene, the EP is great, there are the roots of what will become later on "To Mega Therion", great vocals, great riffs, dark sound.
To bad that is just an EP, they could add the "Emperor's Rising" EP and release 'Morbid Tales' as a full lenght album.
Anyway, this EP must be in any metal fan, not only for the tough guys. So buy it with all CF releases.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classic and their best, 9 Sep 2012
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Hellhammer should be respected for their impact and their classic old school material but the members clearly reached maturity in Celtic Frost...To Mega Therion was an excellent follow-up to this but for me the old stuff is the best, classic tracks such as return to eve, the title track...fantastic riffs and songs that never grow old and sound just as fresh now as they would have back then...any fans of thrash, black, death and doom metal should own both this and to mega therion!
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1 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Celtic Frost's influential first album, 13 May 2001
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Umair Chaudhry (Banbury, OXON United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
Celtic Frost to me are a very IMPRESSIONISTIC band, in that the lyrics and music are used to convey vague impressions of reality rather than something more solid. The lyrics are often aloof and dream-like, sounding like they were written in a stream-of-conciousness style. The overall feeling on this first album is very dark, crushing and almost god like. The guitar sound is mighty and effortless, vocals are grunty and monstrous. Some riffs are extremely catchy as in Procreation Of The Wicked (Sepultura covered this one) and Dethroned Emperor. The riffs have a low stirring and rumbling quality, like someone who is struggling wrestling with a python. Makes you feel evil! I get the feeling though that Celtic Frost try to be bigger than they are. They seem quite inflated, as demonstrated when they wore extravagant occult clothing and makeup. Plus they dont seem to have much of a musical identity, because they completely changed direction with Cold Lake and Vanity/Nemesis (which I dont like at all). Bands like Slayer dont seem to have this problem. Ahh well, thats Celtic Frost for ya!
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